Vatican Denies Pope is Open to Recognition of Same-Sex Unions

Pope Francis has been lauded recently as both Time Magazine and The Advocate's "Person of the Year," with many citing his more socially conscious piety as a revolutionary stance within the Catholic Church. The Advocate in particular recounted the Pope's now famous quote as evidence of his, and the Church's, evolving stance on issues surrounding the LGBT community: "If a person is gay and seeks God and has goodwill, who am I to judge?"

Popefrancis1More recently, however, the Pope said he was concerned and "shocked" about news of possible gay adoptions in Malta.

Over the weekend, the Vatican denied that new remarks from Pope Francis are an indication he is open to the idea of same-sex unions.

Reuters reports:

Francis, in a conversation with leaders of religious orders published by a Jesuit journal on Friday, said the Catholic Church had to try not to scare away children who live in complex family situations, such as those whose parents were separated and those living with gay couples.

Francis gave the example of a little girl in Buenos Aires, his former diocese, who confided to her teacher the reason she was always sad was that "my mother's girlfriend doesn't like me".

The pope told the leaders of religious orders that a great challenge for the Church would be to reach out to children living in difficult or unorthodox domestic situations.

"The situation in which we live now provides us with new challenges which sometimes are difficult for us to understand," the pope said, according to the transcript of the conversation.

"How can we proclaim Christ to these boys and girls? How can we proclaim Christ to a generation that is changing? We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them," he said.

Italian media sources claimed on Sunday that the Pope's words indicated an openness to legal recognition of civil unions for gay couples, with some even stating that the Pope explicitly spoke about such unions. He did not, and now Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has said that the media's reports were a "manipulation" and "paradoxical" to Pope Francis's worldview. 

Lombardi said the pope was merely "alluding to the suffering of children" and not taking a stand on the political debate in Italy.


  1. Mikey says

    Love this guy. He’s the mouthpiece of the Lord, and avowed Catholics are like, “Nope. Nuh-uh. He’s being mistranslated. He’s from a communist country!”

  2. woody says

    He’s a good pope.
    The fact that the vatican press agency finds itself having to issue “corrections” is amusing. He’s driving the right wing in the vatican nuts, and the crazy american EWTN Catholic TV crowd hates him.
    I’m glad he lives in a suite in the vatican pensione. He’s a hell of a lot safer on a hallway with lots of hotel guests than he’d be in the lonely palatial papal apartments where they could poison his dinner like they did with the wonderful JP1. There are dangerous, evil people in the Vatican and they don’t like progressive popes.

  3. simon says

    The Pope’s words are always open to “manipulation” simply because he himself doesn’t know what he was talking about either.
    Just as the Bible is open to “manipulation” as it is full bs.

  4. Jerry says

    Definitely not fatface Tim Dolan’s favorite pope! It’s going to take awhile for the smoke to clear before we know what the pope really thinks-and does.

  5. dh says

    Yeah, the tone of the conversation as improved somewhat, but please, liberals, don’t get your hopes up. I doubt this pope will change church teaching. Maybe if we’re lucky he MIGHT change policy in terms of ministering to gay parishoners, but acknowledging gay unions is a long shot at best.

  6. anon says

    Technically the Pope is not always “infallible” according to Catholic doctrine, but even when he’s “infallible” according to doctrine that does not mean that his followers will understand what he is saying or what he means. In other words, it takes two “infallible” sides to tango over such matters.

  7. james st. james says

    Oh, well, somebody had to be the last pope. How can they recover from this? It just keeps getting more and more ridiculous.

    Of course there will always be the pathetic looney-tunes who will kneel down for a pope, but they don’t have enough money to keep the show going in the style of Vatican City. Can you imagine how much money it takes just to keep the Swiss Guard in uniforms? And occasionally get them out of them.

  8. L G. says

    like any other HUMAN being he is so often misquoted. My O MY this former Catholic says …. crap aplenty and then THE Vatican walks behind and says he didn´t mean that
    What ever happened to “infallible” Well, truth is never existed!

  9. Gay Guy says

    If the church wants to reach out to the children of same-sex couples, it will be forced to extend recognition (in some form) to the parents relationship.

    For instance, if they allow such children to enroll in Catholic School, they will be forced to list both parents as “custodial.” They would have little choice but to allow them to present themselves as a couple when the school has family events.

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